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Vaccine Candidate Has Good News for Seniors

Candidate from AstraZeneca and Oxford sees immune response, few side effects in older adults

(Newser) - Bad news about COVID is easy to find these days, whether in the US or overseas . But now comes a dose of good news from the makers of one of the leading vaccine candidates. AstraZeneca, which is teaming with Oxford University, said Monday that its vaccine produces an immune response... More »

Pfizer's Update on Vaccine Is a 'Shift in Tone'

Announcement on application for emergency authorization predicts late November at the earliest

(Newser) - Last month, President Trump hinted that a COVID-19 vaccine could be available before Election Day, but the latest news from one of the leading developers seems to make that possibility even more remote. As the Wall Street Journal reports, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla posted an open letter Friday announcing that,... More »

You Won't Be Seeing This Kind of Ad on Facebook Anymore

Social media giant bans anti-vaccination ads

(Newser) - First Facebook banned political ads after the polls close on Nov. 3. Now the social media giant is targeting an entirely different set of promotions: anti-vaccination ads, which will no longer be allowed on the platform, the Guardian reports. "We don't want these ads on our platform,"... More »

Moderna Updates Its Coronavirus Vaccine Timeline

Not the kind of update you want to hear

(Newser) - Moderna has updated the world on the timeline for its coronavirus vaccine, and as far as the general population is concerned, we're looking at spring. CBS News reports that on Wednesday, CEO Stephane Bancel said the soonest the company might seek emergency authorization for the vaccine, which would give... More »

In Race for Vaccine, a Cold Truth

There may not be enough freezers icy enough to store the shots

(Newser) - "Do we have enough freezers?" That's a question many may not be pondering now, but it's an important one when it comes to a COVID-19 vaccine, per the Wall Street Journal . That's because the inoculation samples that may soon emerge might need to be stored at... More »

These Americans Will Get a Vaccine First

In hypothetical plan, CDC lays out guidelines on distribution, to start as early as next month

(Newser) - Public health officials across the country have been told to prepare to distribute a coronavirus vaccine as soon as late October—though the CDC says this is just a hypothetical. In documents sent to health authorities in all states and territories, as well as five major cities (New York, Chicago,... More »

US Says It Won't Join Global Vaccine Effort

Critics slam 'go-it-alone approach'

(Newser) - The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will not work with an international cooperative effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine because it does not want to be constrained by multilateral groups like the World Health Organization. The decision to go it alone follows the White House’s decision... More »

For Just the 2nd Time, a Virus Is Eradicated in Africa

The continent is now free of wild poliovirus

(Newser) - "This is an incredible and emotional day," WHO Africa director Matshidiso Moeti said Tuesday as health authorities declared the African continent free of the wild poliovirus after decades of effort. The declaration leaves Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan as the only countries thought to still have the wild poliovirus,... More »

Russia Will Start Mass COVID Vaccinations in October

Despite the fact that clinical trials are not yet complete

(Newser) - Clinical trials are not yet complete, but Russia plans to roll out a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign in October. Teachers and health care workers will be the first to get the coronavirus vaccine currently being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, which is reportedly set to begin Phase III trials—... More »

Fauci: We Could Have Vaccine This Year

He's 'cautiously optimistic'

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci reaffirmed Friday that the first coronavirus vaccine could be available to Americans before the end of the year. "We hope that as ... we get into the late fall and early winter we will have, in fact, a vaccine that we can say would be safe and... More »

Don't Get Your Hopes Up for a Single-Dose Vaccine: Gates

Bill Gates says we'll likely need multiple doses

(Newser) - While scientists hoped to develop a coronavirus vaccine that would require just one dose, that does not appear to be likely, Bill Gates warned Wednesday. "None of the vaccines at this point appear like they'll work with a single dose," he told CBS Evening News . And "... More »

In Quest for COVID Vaccine, 107K 'Medical Heroes' Emerge

Volunteers coming out in droves to help 4 firms planning on starting phase 3 of clinical trials in fall

(Newser) - In early July, the National Institutes of Health launched a clinical trials network through which it hoped to enroll thousands of volunteers to test potential COVID-19 vaccines. Just a week or so later, more than 107,000 people had signed up. That's a number USA Today says will "... More »

Early Vaccine Tests at Oxford Show Promise

Those who got the shot developed antibodies

(Newser) - Researchers at Oxford University have hopeful—but very early—news to report about their coronavirus vaccine candidate. Those who got the shot in a small trial developed antibodies with no ill effects, they report in the Lancet medical journal. The BBC calls the results "hugely promising" but adds that... More »

US, UK, Canada All Point a Big Finger at Russia

Hacking group Cozy Bear is allegedly trying to steal information about a virus vaccine

(Newser) - Britain, the US, and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, the AP reports. The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and... More »

Fauci Hails Good News on Coronavirus Vaccine

Shots provided hoped-for immune boost

(Newser) - The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the US revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday—as the shots are poised to begin key final testing. "No matter how you slice this, this is good news," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’... More »

Fauci Has Good News, Not as Good News on Vaccine

He says we should have hundreds of millions of doses by 2021, but how long will immunity last?

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci offered some hopeful comments Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic: By the end of the year, the US should have 100 million doses of one of the candidate COVID-19 vaccines, he said during a live Q&A. "Then, by the beginning of 2021, we hope to have... More »

Oxford Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Tested on 10K People

Subjects will include older people, children

(Newser) - British researchers testing an experimental coronavirus vaccine are moving into advanced studies and aim to immunize more than 10,000 people to determine if the shot works. Last month, scientists at Oxford University began immunizing more than 1,000 volunteers with their vaccine candidate in a preliminary trial designed to... More »

Trump Adviser Slams 'Kumbaya of Incompetence'

Peter Navarro is unleashed on the Sunday talkies

(Newser) - A top White House economic adviser hit the talk-show circuit Sunday and slammed everyone from the CDC to China to former President Obama, Politico reports. "I'm glad Mr. Obama has a new job as Joe Biden's press secretary," Peter Navarro said on ABC's This Week,... More »

Bill Gates Offers His Own Time Range for Vaccine

Anywhere from 9 months to 2 years from now, he writes

(Newser) - The world anxiously awaits a coronavirus vaccine, and according to Bill Gates, there are a bunch on the horizon that look especially favorable. The Microsoft co-founder says there are more than 100 vaccines in development right now, and of those, "eight to 10 ... look particularly promising," per his... More »

MIA Said She'd 'Choose Death' Over Vaccine. Now, a New Tiff

Rapper claims 'British Vogue' pulled feature on her over controversial vaccination remark

(Newser) - Last month, rapper MIA started a bit of a hubbub regarding vaccines in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and she now says her remarks cost her a high-profile magazine feature. At the end of March, the musician also known as Maya Arulpragasam tweeted , "If I have to choose... More »

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